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Jan. 19: Midwest Players Classic

Central's David Hayden lays up a shot in front of Minnehaha's Chet Holmgren in the first half on Jan. 19 at the Midwest Players Classic.

The Onalaska High School boys basketball team doesn’t enter the new week with a winning streak, but it is ranked fifth instead of sixth this week’s Associated Press Division 2 rankings.

The Hilltoppers (13-3) won three games in convincing fashion before a 76-60 loss to defending MSHSL Class AA state champion Minnehaha Academy at the Border Battle on Saturday.

Onalaska had beaten Oconomowoc 56-34, Holmen 68-37 and Aquinas 68-42 before losing to Minnehaha at the showcase in East Ridge, Minn.

The Hilltoppers are second in the MVC with a 6-1 record and trail only second-ranked Central (12-2, 6-0) by a half-game. The Red Raiders have held the No. 2 spot — behind Nicolet — all season.

The Aquinas girls (17-0) held their spot on top of Division 4 after beating their top competition in the MVC 69-56 on Thursday. The Blugolds (8-0) have a two-game lead on the Hilltoppers (6-2) and have won 45 straight games heading into Friday’s game against Central after Monday’s against Sparta was postponed.

Melrose-Mindoro (15-1) is third in Division 4 and maintained last week’s position after dropping one spot due to a loss against Division 5’s top-ranked Black Hawk on Jan. 19.

Prairie du Chien (16-0) and G-E-T (15-1) held their spots at No. 4 and No. 5 among Division 3 girls.

Bangor’s boys (13-1) remain third in Division 5, where they are four spots ahead of No. 7 Blair-Taylor (13-1). The Wildcats, who own a win over the Cardinals, were beaten for the first time this season by Melrose-Mindoro last week.


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Assistant Sports Editor

Todd Sommerfeldt has covered sports for the La Crosse Tribune since 2003 after doing the same previously in the Fox Cities and Rock County.